Power outage hits Dhaka region

Ashuganj plant trips

Power outage hits Dhaka region

Staff Reporter

Power generation in Ashuganj Thermal Power Plant (ATPP) has been suspended due to technical fault in all its units on Saturday.

Besides, the 60MW Rental Power Unit, a private sector power generation plant in Brahmanbaria, also went out of order on the same day.

Following the trip at ATPP, the electricity supply through the 132-KV grid line to Brahmanbaria, Mymensingh, Netrakona, Kishoreganj districts and a part of capital Dhaka was suspended from yesterday morning. Sources said the power supply in the grid line was interrupted when six units of the eight-unit ATPP were shut down at about 9:30am.

Two other units; 64MW capacity unit-1 and 150MW capacity unit-4 ATPP were almost inoperative for last three months. Last week, the authority had started a 45-day repair works in those two units, sources added.

Of the six-units, those went out of order yesterday; the unit-2 produces 64 MW, unit-3 and unit-5 produce 150 MW each, GT-1 and GT-2 produces 56 MW each and ST-unit generates 34 MW electricity every day.

Managing Director of ATPP engineer Nurul Alam said, “Operation of all the units was halted at a time as the 132-KV grid line of the power station went out of order.”

However, repair works of the faulty units are underway to restart the operation, he said.

Meanwhile, power generation in four units of ATPP has resumed after 44 hours of interruption yesterday evening.

Officials said that four of the six units, a capacity of 296 MW, went into production around 5pm after repairing.

The engineering team of ATPP was working to start production immediately in two other units in a bid to generate 150 MW of electricity till the time of filing this report yesterday night.

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Source: The New Nation - Independent Daily


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